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Study Shows Lack of Sleep Reduces Civic Engagement

Insufficient sleep is a health concern, and its effects reach beyond physical health. According to new research, one side-effect of not getting enough shut-eye is that it makes you less likely to be a good citizen. While a lack of sleep is known to negatively impact some types of behaviors, relatively little has been known…
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Not All Sleep is Created Equal

You may think that making sure you get plenty of sleep is enough, but new research shows that HOW you sleep is also important.  The study, conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), shows how the depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins. Because…
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Researchers Identify Genes Associated with Sleep Duration

A new study has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration. The study by a team that recently reported finding gene sites associated with insomnia risk and chronotype – the tendency to be an early riser or a ‘night owl.’ The study was conducted by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Exeter Medical…
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Daily Naps Help Lower Blood Pressure

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn’t nap. Overall, taking a nap during the day was associated…
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While You Sleep, Your Brain Replays Your Movements

While sleep may seem like a sedentary activity, it isn’t for your brain.  Researchers have found that our brains replay our movement from the day.  The Austrian research team had rats wired to record their neuron activity as they moved about while awake.  While rats (and humans) are asleep, neurons in the hippocampus fire rapidly….
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Extra Weekend Sleep Will Not Repay Weekday Sleep Debt

It may seem counter-intuitive, but according to new research, it’s not possible to catch up on your sleep during the weekends when you haven’t slept enough during the week.  In fact, by some health measures, trying to play catch-up for a few days and then returning to poor sleep habits can makes things worse. “Our…
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Babies Lead to Six Years of Disrupted Sleep

We all know that having a baby leads to less sleep by the parents.  But, a new study has quantified just how much for both the father and the mother, and the numbers are staggering.  The birth of a child has drastic short-term effects on new mothers’ sleep, particularly during the first three months after…
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Scientists Find Genes Responsible for Insomnia

An international team of researchers has identified, for the first time, biological processes in the brain that can lead to a genetic risk of insomnia. The finding made possible by assessing DNA and sleep features in 1.3 million people. The findings are a major step towards getting grip on the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. …
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Evening Exercise Won’t Ruin Sleep and Has Side Benefits

With growing time demands, many middle-aged adults are finding time to engage in exercise increasingly difficult. For many, even the thought of fitting exercise in after a busy day at work can be as tiring as it is unappetizing. The standing belief that high-intensity exercise should be avoided in the early evening due to its…
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Sleep Loss Increases Sensitivity to Pain

Pain and sleep have one obvious connection.  When we’re in pain, we have a hard time sleeping. But, new research indicates that lack of sleep also makes pain worse.  The research, conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, helps explain the self-perpetuating cycles of sleep loss, chronic pain and even opioid addiction. A 2015 National…
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